Farouk El Safi is a master of Arabic drumming (bendir, daf and others). He is best known for his work with Led Zeppelin and many of the greats of modern Arabic music over the last forty years including Wadi el Safi, Talal Madaah, Farid Al Atrache, Warda, Karem Mahmoud, Shafiq Galal, Fayza Ahmed, Sabah and Mohammed Abel Mottalib. He has performed live on countless occasions, including command performances for heads of state in Egypt, Tunisia and Belgium.
Amongst western audiences, Farouk is best known as the bendir/daf player on No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded album and, live for their legendary MTV Unplugged performance. He is the proud owner of a platinum record, given in recognition of his part in the million-plus seller, by the former Led Zeppelin.
Farouk is a classically trained musician, and with a career spanning more than forty years, he still loves to record and perform his music. Farouk still records, directs/plays many Zaffa and other live roles, from his home in London.